Saturday, September 26, 2020

Benito One on Mulberry Street in Little Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น has been in business since 1968.

It is owned by brothers Nick and James Bari (photo of James) and they have had the same chef for close to 30 years, serving classic Italian dishes ๐Ÿin a friendly and cozy atmosphere. 

To see more of the stark comparison between The Feast 2020 and 2019, please watch: https://youtu.be/mG4bla6w_W0 

In our NYC FEAST of SAN GENNARO FOOD TOUR 2020 During COVID-19 vs 2019, we take a walk and food tour comparison along Mulberry Street in mid-September during the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, directly comparing what it looked like in 2019 vs what it looked like in 2020 when most of the festivities including street food vendors, rides and games were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The restaurants lining Mulberry Streets are still open with outdoor dining until 11PM during the #Coronavirus lockdown in NYC, including @benito1nyc but the streets are largely empty. • The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest and most popular street food fair in New York City and this annual event which runs for 11 days in September along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets usually brings in one million tourists and New Yorkers to Little Italy. 

The #Feast dates back to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19th Feast observed back home in Italy.




Friday, September 25, 2020

We are excited to announce that we have reached 45% of our Kickstarter goal and have just released a NEW REWARD of a SIGNED LIMITED EDITION 16 x 24 INCH STORE FRONT print for $300

Choice of different signed limited edition archival 16 x24 inch Store Front prints including our photo of Ideal Hosiery. Printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us. (see print selection in video and story). Visit our Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Join us this SUNDAY, September 27, 2020 at the Virtual NEON SPEAKS 2020 Festival & Symposium as we talk about New York STOREFRONTS at 1:15 EST (10:15 am PDT).

Register for the FREE Zoom link via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-storefronts-with-james-and-karla-murray-registration-117934945597    

"James and Karla Murray know about disappearing store fronts only too well.  For decades, they have been photographing distinctive New York store fronts and have produced three books, including "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York", "NEW YORK NIGHTS", and "STORE FRONT II- A History Preserved" and a video series on their JamesandKarlaYouTube channel."  

James and Karla share their journey to document these storefronts and signs while forging personal connections with the people who own small legacy businesses in the rapidly changing landscape of New York City.   

Suggested donation of $10 | Free.   Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to those who register.   If you plan to attend more than one event in the Neon Speaks 2020 schedule, consider registering for the All-Event Virtual Passport(sliding scale $10-$50 suggested).   You'll get a daily schedule for each day of events with a Zoom link to join. If you want to watch an event at a later date, passport holders get special access to all recorded events for 3 months.



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

NEW $25 REWARD ADDED to our SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC Project!

SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC A documentary about Palomba Academy of Music and our efforts to save its historic neon sign after COVID forced the family shop to close 

Full Kickstarter Project: http://kck.st/33J4CRY  

NEW $25 REWARD ADDED! Set of 3 STORE FRONT 5x7” Postcards/Pen - Set of 3 different STORE FRONT postcards on card stock including one SIGNED & with a personalized THANK YOU message from us mailed to you along with a branded “Mom & Pops” Sharpie brand permanent marker. Donation includes shipping to anywhere in the USA. International shipping is additional.

 - Your name will be listed as a supporter in our documentary credits and listed in the video description on our JamesandKarla YouTube channel when the video is published to YouTube. - You will receive a link to watch our documentary on YouTube at least 2 days prior to it being released to the public. - 

Thank you emailed to you for helping support our project.




Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC FEAST of SAN GENNARO FOOD TOUR 2020 During COVID-19 vs 2019: Little Italy, New York

We take a walk and food tour comparison along Mulberry Street in mid-September during the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, directly comparing what it looked like in 2019 vs what it looked like in 2020 when most of the festivities including street food vendors, rides and games were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The restaurants lining Mulberry Streets are still open with outdoor dining until 11PM during the #Coronavirus lockdown in NYC but the streets are largely empty. 

The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest and most popular #streetfood fair in New York City and  this annual event which runs for 11 days along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets usually brings in one million tourists and New Yorkers to Little Italy. 

The #Feast dates back to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19th Feast observed back home in Italy. 

Filmed on Friday September 18, 2020 between 2-6 PM 

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us:

 ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla  

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez, Focus Pulling and Hannah Rose. 

Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

From our latest video!

Full video: https://youtu.be/r7gUusIRdyE 

In our MTA NYC VINTAGE SUBWAY RIDE INTO MANHATTAN, we take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train R32 subway car which is over 55 years old and film our entire subway ride from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Chambers Street in Manhattan from the front car of the subway next to the conductor's cab area. 

We see amazing views of the #NYC skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge on our vintage #subway ride. 

The R32 was retired from service by the #MTA of New York City in early 2020 but recently brought back into service by the MTA. 

 Filmed on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 

 If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla 

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza Special 

EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING! We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. 

 SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


 

Our Kickstarter project to help save Palomba Academy of Music’s historic neon sign was featured on Spectrum News NY1 this evening with reporter Anthony Pascale.

We were so honored to be featured and wanted to share this with all of our followers and supporters. We also wanted everyone to know that our project is now 33% funded, so we are definitely off to a great start. Please let your friends know about our campaign so we can reach our goal and save this amazing sign! 

Full video: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/bronx/news/2020/09/21/couple-aims-to-preserve-iconic-neon-sign# 

To hear more about our @kickstarter campaign and the rewards you can receive if you back our project, please visit our link: http://kck.st/33J4CRY